According to the US Geological Service, a few of my friends in Peru and relatives back in the US, we had an earthquake at magnitude 6.9 here on Wednesday. I’m not sure what’s going on with me, but I have yet to feel the earth moving in Peru on these occasions. Maybe my backside is numb from sitting at the computer for long hours trying to get some writing done or possible the shock waves simply go around me. That last one is highly unlikely though. My friend Victoria and Juan Carlos said they felt it in Callao and others in Miraflores, San Borja and Barranco. Peru only averages about one quake a year that exceeds 5.0 in magnitude but they have many below that level. The tectonic plates in this region are very active. To be honest, I hope I never feel one. If I do, I imagine it will be a doozy and cause a great deal of damage not to mention the human factor. At least we don’t have tornadoes down here, although I do wish for the occasional thunder storm.
The writing has been going well. I’m still working on a few short stories and getting chapters done for the book. A big drug bust is about to take place and as soon as I finish this entry for my webpage, the battering ram is going to cave in the door to a nightclub and the SWAT team will invade the kitchen. People will die, some will be wounded and some will get away. I’m looking forward to writing this chapter and making it as exciting to read as it will be to write. The short stories are something else. I have three unfinished stories that, for some reason, I’m having trouble bringing them to an end. There are days where I just have to sit and stare at the screen waiting for the story to come to me. Next week, my goal is to finish at least one of them.
The writers’ group met Thursday. We went over a piece by Katrina. It wasn’t exactly a work of fiction but it was a great humor story. One I think that most of us can relate to, especially if you live in a small town or the country. I thought the story could stand on its own without much modification but Victoria and Amanda had a lot of suggestions. I’m looking forward to reading the edited version. I can see improvements in the groups writing but the greatest improvement I see is our ability to edit. That is a special skill in and of itself.
I saw two movies this week. The first was “Green Lantern” in Spanish. Although I didn’t get everything, I understood a lot and I enjoyed the movie. I still plan to purchase the DVD and watch it in English; there were a couple of important scenes where I was at a loss as to what they were saying. I give this movie 3½ Llamas on my scale. It wasn’t a great work of art but they did a decent job. I have a fondness for all the Super Hero movies anyway. The second movie was “Cowboys and Aliens.” Don’t bother!!!! Terrible over acting and I was seriously disappointed with Harrison Ford. The plot was weak and the ending worse. I give it 1½ Llamas and I’m not sure I can even recommend renting or buying the movie. Actually, don’t do either; it’s a waste of money.
The sun came out briefly Thursday about noon and stayed out till sunset. It was great to feel the warmth. Unfortunately it didn’t last. We are back to our cloudy, drizzly, chilly days. Can’t wait for spring. Tienen un buen fin de semana mis amigos.